“The 26-year-old from nearby Lakewood, donning a camouflage Make America Great Again hat and a Nintendo Duck Hunt T-shirt, had an American-made AK-47 slung over his shoulder. Mr. Gonzales said he brought the firearm “because I can.” “In my lifetime, there’s been a gradual, social push for more gun control, specifically for firearms like the one I’m carrying,” he added. “All you have to do is listen to the rhetoric on TV every day. There’s a lot of emotional language, and it doesn’t accomplish anything. No one talks about the actual statistics about homicides with firearms. Specific instances of crime are maintained to fit an agenda.”
Then let’s talk about the actual statistics since the Columbine shootings there have been 255 soft target shootings in the United States.©Natalie Keshing
With this in mind, Cleveland was ready for the Republican National Convention already started yesterday, on Monday, July 18, 2016. It certainly appears the Cleveland Police Department was more than ready in advance. It was reported there were 5500 police officers and 300 other police officers on horses, bikes, and motorcycles. Given all of last month’s horrific events from Global ISIS terrorist’s attacks to the killing of United State’s police officers in Dallas, Texas and in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to the shootings of two Black American men in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and St. Paul Minnesota, this was the number one priority; to ensure everyone’s safety at the Republican National Convention inside and outside the perimeter. There were two behemoth snow plow trucks used in place of concrete blocks in the streets to prevent a devastating attack as in Nice, France on this past July 14th for the Bastille Day celebration.
North Carolina’s Republican Party Chairman Robin Hayes said his group had already been briefed about security on site and understands there will likely be protests. “There will be a time and a place and a way for them to voice their concerns,” he said. North Carolina has 72 delegates who will vote for the party’s nominee, the fifth most in the country.
The State of Ohio is a state where gun owners can carry their guns and rifles openly. Ohio Governor Kasich said, “He has no authority to revoke the open carry gun law.” Unfortunately, this does make the jobs for police officers and security guards much harder and dangerous.
Kasich had already responded on Sunday to the request by the Cleveland Police Union President for the suspension of the law during the Republican National Convention. This request by Union President Steve Loomis followed after Sunday morning’s fatal shooting of three police officers in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
Kasich said, “Ohio governors don’t have the power to arbitrarily suspend federal and state constitutional rights or laws. He called law enforcement a noble and essential calling and said people are grieving again after new attacks on officers. The bonds between communities and police must be reset and rebuilt.”
Given the elevated danger, Governor Kasich could have at least tried to call for an emergency meeting among legislators, senators, congressmen, and judges which can issue a stay of the law or even the President to try and make this event a safer transition for the Republican National Convention attendees and protesters. “Of course, if you try to tell some gun owners not to bring their guns, to make their point they may very well bring and carry their guns openly as the gentlemen in the picture and caption above. We’re damned if we do and we’re damned if we don’t in these days of high alert and palpable danger due to imminent terrorist attacks and soft target shootings that are on a rise and a rampage of self destruction. Many of these kinds of terrorists and domestic soft target killers are taking many innocent lives before they commit suicide; death by cop. Most of these kinds of killers know exactly what will ensue after they start a destruction of horrible carnage and dismay.
Stay tuned for some of the events during the opening day of the Republican National Convention.
©Natalie Keshing Editor-in-Chief of NatsWritings.com or NatalieKeshing.com